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Hanford Nuclear Reservation, Washington: Historic Nuclear B Reactor Team Field Report

US Dept of Energy Reservation Rd, Hanford Nuclear Reservation, WA
B Reactor is a half-mile south of the Columbia River on Hwy 24, then four miles east on a government access road. But you can't drive there. Instead, go to, click on "Site Tours," and reserve seats (two maximum) for the bus tour, which lasts up to five hours. No security clearance is needed for the B Reactor tour, but it's required for the longer Hanford Site tour. Tours are forbidden to children under 18 and non-U.S. citizens. You must wear pants, a shirt with sleeves, and closed-toe shoes. Tours depart from the Volpentest HAMMER Training and Education Center, 2890 Horn Rapids Rd, Richland, WA.
Tours by advance reservation, April through September. No children. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Historic Nuclear B Reactor

Visitors walk respectfully through the world's first full-scale nuclear reactor -- at least in the tour areas where the radiation has been removed or "entombed." Report... [08/30/2009]
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Historic Nuclear B Reactor

In the past the Nuclear B Reactor tour has been almost impossible to book, even within an hour of the tickets becoming available! Still trying after a number of years.

[Redgreen, 02/16/2012]

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